Finland - Czech Republic 63-85 Czech Republic advanced to Division A of the U18 European Championship. The team overcame Finland 85:63 in the Semifinal game and clinched the ticket to 2012/2013 top division. Finland will have another chance as they will play England for the third place. Czech Republic proved their ambitions for the top division and the top place in Sarajevo. They started with 27-21 in the first period and added 22-18 in the second quarter. Moreover the second half also belonged to the favorites. They produced 17-16 in the third quarter and finished the game with 19-8 in the last stanza. Kouril ended up with 18 points for the winners and Prokop Slanina (204-C-95) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Marian Hrabovsky (198-G/F-94) delivered 13, while Herman posted 11. Joonas Lehtoranta (183-SG-94) answered with 16 points and Rajala scored 13. Oskar Michelsen (203-PF-95) nailed 12 points and Maki chipped in with 9.
United Kingdom - Bosnia 63-64 Bosnia and Herzegovina clinched Division A promotion for 2012/2013 season. The home side grabbed valuable 64:63 win over England at the Semifinal of the U18 European Championship in Division B. England meanwhile will have another chance tomorrow in the game for the third place. England opened the game better and reached 25-13 in the end of the first period. Later Bosnia responded with some good baskets and managed to win the second and the third periods. Bosnia responded with 18-10 in the second frame and added 17-11 in the third period. Bosnia led 7 points in the last minute and then Luke Nelson (189-PG-95) reduced to 63:60. His three-pointer with 1 second to go was enough only to cut it to 63:64 as the hosts celebrated the success in the court. Nedim Buza (201-SF-95) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Damjanovic nailed 15. Vrabac delivered 11, while Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) collected 10 points and 13 rebounds. Nelson Luke's 33 points and 10 rebounds were not enough to win the game. Sentence posted 12, while Kingsley Okoroh (213-C-95) had 8.
Austria - Holland 48-72 Holland destroy Austria in Classification Round for the 9th to 12th Place at the U18 European Championship in Division B, The Dutch team needed 72:48 victory to play tomorrow for the 9th place. Austria meanwhile will play in the game for 11-12 places. Holland did not waste time and started the game with 23-14. They added massive 22-12 in the second period and actually solved the problem about the winner. Mike Schilder (185-PG-94, agency: Court Side) sent the teams to the lockers for 45:26 and then Julius van Sauers (191-F-95) nailed three for 50:29. Holland also won the third period 20-11 and did not mind 7-11 in the lasts stanza. Julius van Sauers top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Boy Van Vliet (182-SG-94) netted 12. Mike Schilder scored 11, while Kok Jito added 10. Bas Timur finished the game with 16 points and Poeltl Jakob scored 13 in defeat.
Portugal - Hungary 88-83 Portugal beat Hungary at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Place of the U18 European Championship in Division B. Portugal won 88:83 and will play for the 9th place. Hungary meanwhile will take on Austria for 11-12th places. It was a hard start for both teams as they stayed close to each other in the first period. Portugal grabbed 22-21 and then added 25-19 in the second quarter. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third quarter as Portugal kept 7 points advantage after 30 minutes. Hungary managed to win the last stanza 27-25 but reduce to 5 points. Zoltan Perl (194-G-95) and Ventura exchanged the last points from the free throw line for the final result. Andre Miguens (184-SF-94) stepped up with 25 points for the winners and Bastos added 18. Ventura scored 12, while Marques delivered 9. Zoltan Perl erupted with 31 points in the losing effort. Bognar notched 15, while Velkey netted 13.
Sweden - Romania 78-71 Sweden edge Romania in Sarajevo at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Scandinavian team will play tomorrow for the 13th place after 78:71 win. Romania meanwhile will play for 15-16 places. Sweden won the opening period 14-11, but the opponents replied with 17-15 in the second frame and reduced to 1 point at the halftime. Vlad Popovici (200-PF-94) first gave Romania 29:28 lead, while Alexander Gorski (193-SG-94) kept Sweden in frot at the end of the first half. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Sweden erupted with 29-14 in it for a comfortable lead. Romania meanwhile won the last stanza 29-20 and managed to cut it to 7 points. Alexander Gorski stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Larsson Niklas netted 17. Lofberg Johan delivered 12, while Jacob Magnusson (184-PG-94) notched 10. Cobzaru Vlad collected 16 points and 14 rebounds in defeat and Dragoste Mirel had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Vlad Popovici followed them with 12 and Ciordas Andrei had 11.
Slovakia - Iceland 59-74 Slovak Republic and Iceland open Day 8 in Division B of the U18 European Championship. Iceland won 74:59 and will play tomorrow for the 13th place. Slovakia meanwhile will play for the 15-16th places. Iceland took 18-12 at the end of the first period and continued their dominance in the rest of the half. They added 18-15 in the second frame for 36:27 lead. Both teams scored 19 points each in the third period and then Iceland added another 19-13 in the last stanza. Elvar Fridriksson (180-PG-94) made the last free throws in the game for the final result. Thorgrimur Emilsson (206-C-94) chipped in with 14 points to pace the winners, while Valsson nailed 13. Hermannsson scored 10, while Sigurdarson added 9. Brodziansky top-scored for the Slovak team with 14 points and Rozim netted 13. Martin Matejcik (185-G-94) delivered 11, while Michalek posted 9.
Israel - Montenegro 65-67 Montenegro will play for the 5th place at the U18 European Championship of Division B. The team overcame Israel 67:65 at the U18 European Championship. The latter will play for the 7-8 places in Sarajevo. It was Israel that started the game better and reached 27-15 after the first 10 minutes. Montenegro meanwhile replied with 14-9 in the second period and reduced to 7 points at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Montenegro needed 22-10 to take the lead in the game. Vaso Popovic (184-G-94) later scored for 65:59, but Segev tied the game at 65:65 with 7 seconds to go. Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) made two free throws at the end of the game for the final success. Pajovic top-scored for the winners with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Mikovic collected 10 points and 10 boards. Vaso Popovic also scored 10, while Vusovic and Masan Vrbica had 8 apiece. Koulechov ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Menco posted 12.
Belgium - Estonia 59-78 Estonia step closer to the 5th place of the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Belgium 78:59 at the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Place in Sarajevo. Belgium will take on Israel tomorrow in the game for the 7-8 places. Belgium looked better in the start of the game and reached 25-21 at the end of the first ten minutes. Moreover the Baltic State added 14-10 in the second quarter for 39:31 lead at the halftime. The third quarter however was decisive in the game and Estonia erupted with 29-11 for 60:50 advantage when Jurtom Martin closed the period. Estonia added another 18-9 burst in the last stanza to win the game. Jurtom Martin top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Vene Kent and Georg Tambre (194-PF-94) netted 12 each. Saare Sander collected 10 points and 10 assists in a win. Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95) replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Naim El Khounchar added 14. Xavier Francois (200-C-94) posted 10 and Gijbels Mathijs delivered 8.
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2012 - Aug 20, 2012
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MVP: Dario Saric (208-F/C-94) of Croatia
Best Guard: Nikola Radicevic (194-G-94) of Serbia
Best Forward: Nikola Jankovic (205-PF-94) of Serbia
Best Center: Dario Saric of Croatia
Best Coach: Jaksa Vulic of Croatia
G: Nikola Radicevic (194-94) of Serbia
G: Mikhail Kulagin (188-94) of Russia
F: Marius Grigonis (198-94) of Lithuania
PF: Nikola Jankovic (205-94) of Serbia
Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Awards 2012 - Aug 20, 2012
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MVP: Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) of Bosnia
Best Guard: Radovan Kouril (180-PG-95) of Czech Rep.
Best Forward: Egor Koulechov (194-SF-94) of Wingate Acad.
Best Center: Jusuf Nurkic (212-C-94) of Bosnia
PG: Radovan Kouril (180-95) of Czech Rep.
PG: Luke Nelson (189-95) of United K.
SF: Egor Koulechov (194-94) of Israel
PF: Jakob Poeltl (208-95) of Austria
C: Jusuf Nurkic (212-9 [read more]
Croatia celebrate the title in Vilnius - Aug 19, 2012
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Croatia - Lithuania 88-76
Croatia celebrated the first U18 European Championship title since 2002. They overcame hosting Lithuania in the championship game tonight to clinch the trophy. Dario Saric (208-F-94) came up with another sizzling performance tallying 39 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assist to lead the winners. Croatia opened the game on a 10:3 run. Dario Saric soon gave Croatia a 17:5 lead. He finished with 12 points in the opening quarter as Croatia earned a 22:15 lead [read more]
Croatia - Lithuania 88-76 Croatia celebrated the first U18 European Championship title since 2002. They overcame hosting Lithuania in the championship game tonight to clinch the trophy. Dario Saric (208-F-94) came up with another sizzling performance tallying 39 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assist to lead the winners. Croatia opened the game on a 10:3 run. Dario Saric soon gave Croatia a 17:5 lead. He finished with 12 points in the opening quarter as Croatia earned a 22:15 lead. The visitors accumulated a 31:19 lead early in the second quarter. But Lekavicius helped Lithuania cut the deficit to just three points at halftime 33:36. Lekavicius and Gintvanis organized a 6:2 run from the hosts as they posted a 40:38 lead early in the third quarter. But Croatia quickly returned the lead and surged ahead for a 58:53 advantage at the final break. Saric came up with 12 more points in the fourth quarter as Croatia marched to the victory. Tomislav Gabric (201-F-95) posted 14 points, while Jakov Mustapic added 11 points for the winners. Marius Grigonis (198-F-94) had 17 points for Lithuania. Jokubas Gintvainis and Justas Tamulis finished with 15 points each in the loss.
Russia - Serbia 56-66 Serbia stepped onto the pedestal at U18 European Championship. They defeated Russia to clinch the Bronze medals. Stefan Pot (195-G-94) came up with 21 points to lead the winners. Serbia and Russia stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes. Serbia pulled ahead in the second quarter. They eked out a narrow 35:33 halftime lead. Serbia extended the lead in the third quarter. The Balkan team ensured a 7-point lead at the final intermission. Serbia did not loosen the grasp in the final term and rolled to the victory at the end. Doko Salic (209-C-95) accounted for 15 points, while Nikola Rebic added 7 points for the winners. Igor Kanygin (207-F/C-94) answered with 12 points for Russia. Mikhail Kulagin had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Latvia - Spain 51-80 Spanish U18 National Team earned the fifth position at the European Championship. They thumped hosting Latvia on the final day of the tournament. Ilimane Diop (209-C-95) paced former champions with 16 points. Spain held Latvia to 5 points in the opening quarter to take a 7-point lead. Spain erupted for 31 points in the second quarter to stretch the margin. The Spaniards piled up a 43:17 halftime lead. Latvia struggled to come back to life in the third quarter. They faced a massive 29-point deficit heading into the fourth frame. Spain never looked back in the final quarter marching to a comfortable win at the end. Guillermo Hernangomez (209-C-94) posted 12 points, while Juan Saiz added 11 points for the winners. Elvis Endzels (180-PG-94) answered with 11 points for Latvia. Armands Ginters had 9 points in the loss.
Bulgaria - Italy 65-84 Italy clinched the 7th position at U18 European Championship. They defeated Bulgaria on the last day of the tournament. Amedeo Tessitori (204-PF-94) came up with 28 points to lead the Azzurri. Italy fired 25 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They ensured a 12-point lead after ten minutes. Italy boosted the margin in the second quarter. The Azzurri piled up a 45:25 halftime lead. Bulgaria could not change the complexion of the encounter in the third quarter. Italy stayed in charge taking a 24-point lead into the fourth frame. Bulgaria outscored their opponents in the final period but could not avoid the loss at the end. Mirco Turel (192-SG-94) finished with 12 points, while Tommaso Laquintana added 9 points for the winners. Kris Minkov (198-SF-94) answered with 15 points for Bulgaria. Anton Dikov had 10 points in the loss.
Denmark - Germany 65-97 Germany capped their U18 European Championship campaign with victory. They drubbed Denmark but could not avoid the relegation to Division B. France also won their game and Les Bleus became the only team to save Division A spot from Group G. Germany exploded with 28 points to surge ahead in the opening quarter. They ensured a 4-point lead at the first break. Germany stretched the margin in the second quarter. They piled up a comfortable 27-point lead at the big break. Denmark narrowed the gap in the third quarter. They cut the distance at 23-point mark at the final break. Germany outgunned their opponents 22:12 in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Mauricio Marin (192-G-94) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Johannes Thiemann (203-F-94) added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Germany. Jacob Jensen (211-C-94) answered with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Denmark. Rasmus Hansen and Rasmus Larsen netted 11 points apiece in the loss.
France - Poland 76-52 France finished their U18 European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated Poland to ensure Division A spot for the next season. Mouhammadou Jaiteh (206-C-94) came up with 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. France surged ahead right from the start. Les Bleus posted 19:13 lead after ten minutes. France maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They ensured a 38:29 halftime lead. France stretched the margin in the third quarter. They held their opponents to 12 points in the period to take a 17-point lead at the final break. Poland managed just 11 points in the fourth term and France cruised to the victory at the end. Antony Labanca (191-SF-94) posted 15 points, while Alexandre Chassang and Kevin Harley had 12 points each for the winners. Jakub Schenk (184-PG-94) replied with 15 points for Poland. Kacper Borowski netted 11 points in the loss.
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